Gary Eugene Muskett

May 25, 1939September 25, 2012
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Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Collier-Butler Funeral Home for Gary E. Muskett, who passed away September, 25 at 2:48 a.m. after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be from 12:00-2:00 Thursday. Interment will be in Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Service will be conducted by Rev. Tammy Jackson. Gary was confirmed in the AL City United Methodist Church and was a member there for most of his life. Gary was preceded in death by parents, The Rev. Tom and Lucile Muskett, paternal and maternal grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Survivors include son, Kevin (Paula) Muskett, brothers, Don (Joyce), David (Pat), and Ralph (Carolyn) Muskett, granddaughters, several nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins. Gary was a standout athlete at Emma Sansom High School where he graduated in 1957. He was chosen most valuable player in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament in 1956, his junior season. During his senior year, he was elected Captain of the Emma Sansom Rebels’ football, basketball and baseball teams and helped lead the baseball team to the 1957 state championship. He attended Tennessee Tech University on a baseball scholarship, where he was an Ohio Valley Conference All Conference Player and later earned Graduate degrees at the University of Montevallo and UAB. Gary spent thirty years in education in Etowah County. He was the only person to ever coach at all three of the old city schools, Emma Sansom, Gadsden High and Litchfield. He was basketball coach at Hokes Bluff from 1961 to 1963 and then returned to his Alma Mater, Emma Sansom, where he coached until 1975. He became head baseball coach in 1966 and led the rebels to the 1970 Class 3A-4A State Championship and the 1973 baseball team to the 4A State Championship. He coached the Rebel Basketball Team to a 17-8 record during the 1971-72 seasons, his only year as Emma Sansom’s head basketball coach after 8 seasons as the Assistant Coach. The Emma Sansom Yearbook was dedicated to Gary in 1970. He is also a member of the first class of inductees to the Emma Sansom Wall of Fame. He moved to Litchfield, the city’s newest High School in 1975. He stayed there through the 1981-82 season, coaching both basketball and baseball. He led the Eagles to a 96-89 record in seven seasons as the basketball coach, and their first State Tournament appearance in 1980. He also coached the baseball team to the school’s first State Tournament in 1982. He moved to Gadsden High School in 1982 to coach basketball and serve as Assistant Principal. In his first season the Tigers reeled off a 30-4 record capped by a 64-51 victory over Guntersville in the 1983 State Championship game. His Gadsden teams compiled a 141-67 record in eight seasons, won five area titles and made four State Tournament appearances. He was named the Alabama 3A Coach of the Year in 1983. Gary was a player and Captain on one State Championship team and the Head Coach of three others representing the city of Gadsden, truly allowing the city to lay claim as a “City of Champions.” Pallbearers will be: son, Kevin Muskett, brothers, David and Ralph Muskett, nephew, Mark Muskett, Carey Mayes, Snooky Burgess, Hoody Tyler, and Jim Snow. Honorary pallbearers will be: members of the Class of 1957 Emma Sansom Baseball State Championship team, members of the 1970 and 1973 Emma Sansom Baseball State Championship teams, members of the 1983 Gadsden High School Basketball State Championship team, brother, Don Muskett, Eddie Entrekin, Aaron Walker, Max Davis, Hal Davidson, Rickey Arthur, Joey Neal, Jimmy Thompson, Pat Thomas, and Max Watson. A special thanks to Landeria Gladden and her staff at the Meadows in Rainbow City, to Hope Hospice and Nurse Shirley Headrick, and Bradlie Bowlin, who is like family, and was with Gary when he passed. They all took special care of Coach Muskett. Thank you also to Dr. Kevin Windsor, Dr. Leonard Outim, the staff of the fifth floor at Trinity Hospital and the seventh floor staff at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Mike Mayo

October 4, 2012

Kevin, I am sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing your father. Time will heal your pain. While one never totally heals from the loss, one does learn to accept the loss. Remember your fond times. Your cousin, Mike.

Janice Clayborn

October 2, 2012

Evelyn and Kevin,

Thinking of you both during this difficult time. I will always remember our wonderful times on Western Avenue. Love you both and know that you are in my heart and prayers always.

Janice Clayborn

Jim Dodson

September 28, 2012

Gary and I played together on the Emma Sansom 1957 State Championship in Baseball. Gary was a great person and a great athelete. May God bless his Family and comfort them in this time of sorrow

Jerry Pullen

September 28, 2012

Coach Muskett will live on in the hearts of his many students like myself that he touched.

Alice Avery Rudolph

September 27, 2012

My thoughts and prayers goes out the family. May God keep and continue to bless you all!

Evelyn Muskett

September 27, 2012

Gary, I was with you when you drew your last breath on this side of Heaven. I know you knew I was in that room. I prayed the 23rd Psalm over you at 10PM and you tried so hard to move your lips but you simply was too weak. I know you heard me. Also when we held hands before you got too sick to know, we forgave each other for anyway or anything we had done to hurt the other. That was a precious time.

You knew I had an obligation starting on Sept 27th - 30th and I feel deep in my heart you would say, "Go Evelyn". Crisis are never scheduled on time.

I am so glad you are with Jesus because it was hard seeing you suffer like you did. Remember me telling you to save me a seat when you got to Heaven, if you beat me, you smiled, held my hand and said, "You Bet".

Tomorrow when I am in Wetumpka, Al at 2:00PM I will send a kiss up to Heaven to you.

Rest well "My Love"

john starr

September 27, 2012

A Father lives after death through his son. God bless you and we love you Coach Starr and family

September 27, 2012

Kevin and family. I am writing on behalf of Gary's Aunt Mary Warren. She is so sorry that she(and I) will not be able to be at the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She has such fond memories of Gary. One of our most fond memories was the family gathering at Gary and Evelyn's house for a cookout. I greatly appreciated your dad and his brothers coming to my dad's funeral. My memories of your dad was that he was always smiling. Your cousin - Deb Warren Valentine

Jerome Horton

September 26, 2012

My most heartfelt condolences goes out to the family of Coach Muskett

Ray Mullinax

September 26, 2012

Kevin and family, sorry to hear of your loss. I have great memories of Coach both from Litchfield and at the Muskett house. We will keep you guys in our prayers.